First and foremost, we will start Spontaneous Saturday by asking that everyone take a moment every single day to give a prayer to anyone affected by the Sewol accident. It has been well over a week since the incident and there still has yet to be closure for this horrifying accident. South Korea, Seoul, and Danwon High School needs to know that there are those from all around the world sending prayers for them. Please continue to trend #PrayforSouthKorea on Twitter and through any other social media, as it is the best way to reach them. Also, through the LA Korea Festival, we came to know about KPOP Dreams, a nonprofit organization that promotes the hallyu wave as well as anything in relation to Korea. They are doing a wondrous thing by collecting letters and sending them to Danwon High School in hopes of letting friends and family of the victims know that everyone around the world is thinking of them. If you would like to take part, check out http://deardanwon.tumblr.com/post/83704944041/dear-danwon-a-letter-project for more information.
We apologize for the delay of our first Spontaneous Saturday. Things are more entertaining when there is still hype about it, but we’re posting our thoughts well after the event has already happened. Just a reminder, Spontaneous Saturday is a day out of our weekly rotation topics where we talk about basically anything. We are also hoping that we can engage some interaction from our readers in the comment section or through email and get suggestions from them.
For this Spontaneous Saturday, we’ll focus on the KBS LA Korea Festival that took place two weeks ago.
First of all, as mentioned above, we met those in charge of the nonprofit organization KPOP Dreams, and all we have to say is that we were very thankful towards them for a lot of things. They took great care of those that took part in their hotel package they got especially for the fans who were going to be in town for the LA Korea Festival. They were extremely kind and very easy to get along with. We will definitely be taking part in many of their activities and promotions from now on and look forward to when we will next get to meet these awesome and wonderful people.
Second, the security. When we first got there, we were forbidden from bringing in outside drinks or food, which is understandable. BUT, they even made us toss our water! Seriously?! Water is a necessity in such weather. Did they really have to make us throw it away? Not to mention, we were going to the festival having prepared based off of our KCON experience, so we had a lot of water. At that we were annoyed, but what made us pissed off was how rude the security was! Not all of them, but there were more rude security personnel than need be. Man, if only they were wearing name tags! We would have gladly put their names down here. They were talking to us as if we didn’t understand anything! Just because you carry “security” as your work title doesn’t mean you just drop your human communication skills and treat everyone else like you’re the king because you’re in charge of making sure the rules are followed. What was even worst was when we left the festival two hours later and asked for our water bottles back. Do you know what the security guy said? NO! It wasn’t even politely said or explained. He just, with his extremely rude attitude, said no. Gosh, does this get us riled up. If there’s one thing that annoys us the most, it is being impolite to someone you don’t even know.
Third, the festival. It was not what we expected at all. To be honest, it was like a really small version of KCON. The festival was being held in celebration of Korean-American immigration, but there was nothing at the festival that I remember seeing that dedicated the festival so. Well, there were food stalls, but that was the closest we got to any relation to the Korean culture. From this though, we do recommend trying the swirled potato on a stick. If any of you watched EXO’s Show Time, then you’ll know what we’re talking about. It’s what the members ate when they took their Chinese members on a tour of Seoul. We spent our two hours there, and then left. Lines were too long and there was just too many people and too little room to move.
Fourth, the gate. So there was this gate that blocked off the LA Memorial Coliseum, but we could also see idols going back and forth from here. This was also the spot where you would find most of the fans, and if there was screaming, it was from here. Anyway, we somehow managed to make our way to the front after some time. If you saw last week’s Man Crush Monday featuring Jung YongHwa, then this is where we explain how Darice came to choose him. It was solely because the man knew how to satisfy his fans. The air kisses were never ending! And Darice got a lot in her direction (probably not just specifically for her, but we can let our imagination go, right). I, Zoey, usually don’t make any effort to get an idol’s attention or freak out when I see them, but I took a little step forward here. JungShin and MinHyuk from CN Blue had come out to go start their rehearsal and fans were screaming left and right. From some reason, a lot of the idols were trying hard not to give attention, at least in our perspective (Kim MyungSoo, L from Infinite, we’re talking about you here). We understand their tired and all, but a small wave satisfies us enough. Anyway, JungShin and MinHyuk were doing the same thing. So, I just randomly decided to stick my arm through the gate hole and wave like crazy (just motion and a smile, mind you readers, as I’m not screaming fan girl type). MinHyuk looked up towards my direction and waved back. If I let my imagination go the way I want, then I could say he saw me and that’s why he waved back, and that’s what I’m going to do, because that’s what a fan does, right? Their thoughts will always be “IT WAS ME!” I still didn’t scream, just smiled a little bigger. Sad thing was, I was too distracted and didn’t take pictures of or record this moment. Check out the photos we did manage to capture in our gallery, located at the bottom of this page.
Fifth, the concert. Nothing needed to say much here. We both agreed that CN Blue had the best performance of the night and it was probably all because YongHwa did such a good job of fan interaction. Despite being so far from the stage, we still had an amazing time. My sister enjoyed her first concert and is now listening to CN Blue’s songs, which I previously showed her already, but she had been indifferent toward. Darice cried for the first time, apparently, when Taecyeon, one of her biases, was MC-ing, joined Baek Ji Young in performing, and came out with 2PM. She also found a liking towards CN Blue, and enjoyed the fan chanting for I’m Sorry.
Overall, if we were to score this festival based off of our scale, we’d give it a 7. We came out of this event with three new friends from three different states, and we came to know KPOP Dreams. That in itself would break our scale and keep soaring. The festival was a bit disappointing, especially the security. Next, we understand every one attending is probably doing so for KPOP, but for someone like me, who is learning Korean and would actually like to go back home being able to show her professor the awesome new things she learned, would have liked a couple of booths about the Korean history and culture. From my memory, the only thing that the festival had related to this whole concept was a 3-5 minute video that I can’t even really remember.
There was so much more to this that I’m sure I’m leaving out, but I can’t write a story now, can I? Who wants to read a blog post like that when it’s not a fanfiction? Anyway, I’m not sure if I’d go to another festival like this, but I said that about KCON 2013, yet I’m planning on attending KCON 2014 already.
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And remember, the Hollywood Korean Bowl 2o14 is coming in just a week! Purchase your tickets at http://ktmf.koreatimes.com/ if you haven’t already! My bias, which is constantly changing, and for an unknown reason, is currently Lu Han, so I am quite disappointed that I am unable to see EXO-M perform, but I hope all of you who are attending have a great time and take lots of pictures! Don’t be like me, and miss out on an important moment! Oh yeah, KPOP dreams is also having a ticket giveaway for this, so check them out on Facebook. Just type in KPOP Dreams in the search box and they should be the first to show up. If I remember correctly, they are drawing tickets around April 30th.